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Featured Issue: Successful Remodel Resources

Want to learn which projects are best for your situation; how to select reliable contractors; create contracts that protect your interests; and, become a full partner in the remodeling experience?

Check out these resources:

Make Capital Improvements Prior to Sale
Lean more about making capital improvements that will benefit you most, tax-wise, at sale time.

Tax Resources for Homeowners
Excellent additional IRS links for coming up to speed on what you need to know to make informed remodeling decisions. Forms, what's deductible - what's not. More!

Which Projects Return the Most of Their Cost at Re-sale?
Not all projects are created equal. Some recover more of their cost than other at the time of sale. Remodeling magazine published this annual report on the Cost-Vale of a variety of the most popular remodeling projects. Find out what's best in your area.

Improve Your Home Improvement Savvy
This AHA feature includes a full complement of essential contractor hiring and contract tips and links.

Model Contract
A benefit of AHA membership is a free Model Contract written with consumer interests in mind. You can use it to guide you through the contract creation process. For more information go to

Pre-Screened Contractors from AHA
AHA provides its members with unlimited access to expert tradespeople who have been pre-screened and pre-qualified for past service quality levels, their licenses and insurance.

The Federal Trade Commission
The FTC works to eliminate unfair or deceptive marketplace practices. Site includes areas of FTC involvement plus a complaint form for consumers.

Smart Consumer Services
This non-profit consumer protection, education and assistance organization offers low-cost independent contractor background checks, contract package with lien protection forms, and contract reviews for home improvements or new home construction documents. RUSH orders are available.

AHA Offers Free Legal Network to Members
AHA members receive three free consultations and discounts on services from our network of over 6,000 attorneys and accounting professionals across the nation.

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